Managing Storia Devices and Software
Best practices for managing and keeping track of your Storia software and devices
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12
You can download Storia to your classroom PCs, iPads, Android devices, or any combination of those systems. As with any classroom materials, you’ll need a consistent plan for tracking and lending out your devices. You’ll also need to describe to your class how to access the app and how to search for and find appropriate e-books.
After the initial setup on your devices, several students can be trained as “expert users.” These students can have the job of daily device maintenance and storage.
- Keep track of devices. Assign each student a specific device to use for e-reading. Divide your class by the number of Storia-enabled devices you have in your classroom and then assign this number of students to each device. Create a chart listing the device numbers and the students assigned to each device. You may wish to use the Storia Classroom Log (PDF) to track students’ use of your Storia devices.
- Create a “parking lot” for tech issues. When students use new devices, problems sometimes arise. Create a “parking lot” for Storia tech issues your students encounter while using Storia independently. This can be as simple as a piece of poster board or chart paper on which students affix sticky notes with the date, device number, and details of their technical problem. This prevents your students from interrupting you during small group lessons or conferences, and allows you to resolve technical problems in a timely fashion. Remove the notes from the “parking lot” after each problem is resolved.
- Update Storia. Ask students to add a note to the “parking lot” when they see a notification about a software update. You can add the update at your convenience.
- Magazine file boxes make excellent iPad storage devices. Cut a hole through the back of the box to run cords through. Stand your iPads up in the boxes, and teach your students to keep the iPads plugged in when they're not being used.
- Label your iPads and their storage locations with the same numbering system. This makes it easy for students to return the iPads to their correct spots for charging, and it provides an easy system to track the iPads.
- Place Storia—and other apps that your students use regularly—on the first page of your iPad’s home screen. Move all other, less frequently, used apps to subsequent pages.
- Setting your iPad orientation. For certain book experiences, you may want to lock the rotation of the iPad so your students can only see the book in either landscape or portrait orientation. For example, for picture books, the landscape orientation will allow students to see a two-page spread at once.
To lock the rotation of your iPad, rotate the it so the display is in the desired orientation, double-click the home button to display recently used apps, then move your finger from left to right along the bottom of the screen. Tap the “Screen Rotation Lock” button on the bottom left of the screen, and a padlock will appear on it.